Colorado Deer Population and Management, News and Information Archive  
See the Colorado Page for current population information
Annual Deer Hunt
2000: 38,000
2001: 31,500
2002* 36,000
2003: 37,602
2004: 41,743
2005: 41,665
2006: 44,800
2007: 45,000
2008: 35,500
2009: 33,922
2010: 34,768
2011: 33,217
2012: 33,486
2013: 32,941
2014: 27,499


Deer Population Estimates
2004   600,900
2005   613,450
2006   623,760
2007   538,770
2008   466,750
2009   460,520
2010   430,390
2011   417,950
2012   408,010
2013   390,660
2014   424,190

Hunting estimates are based on surveys of hunters, not reported kills as used by some states.
*2000 to 2002 data estimated from graph
Poor survival for mule deer fawns.  Results of the deer hunt are based on surveys of deer hunters.  Whitetails increasing west of I-25.  One half to one third of the herd size in the 1940s and far below the pre-settlement numbers.

Elk Hunt
2005   56,462
2006   56,933
2007   49,012
2008   45,271
2009   47,543
2010   48,018
2011   43,480
2012   43,490
2013   43,606
2014   41,900

Elk Population
2005   258,370
2006   271,840
2007   291,960
2008   283,210
2009   286,510
2010   283,430
2011   264,170
2012   266,300
2013   264,025
2014   278,490








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